Editor’s Letter

Football, fine art, and festivals. Throughout the years, Pennsylvanians have received national acclaim in all three fields. Each has become a vital part of our shared heritage, engaging residents and representing the commonwealth’s rich and diverse culture. In this edition, you’ll find three outstanding features on prominent examples of these activities in the Keystone State. Football has been...
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The Eagle Has Landed… Back in Pennsylvania: An Interview with Dick Vermeil

When Dick Vermeil signed a five-year contract to coach the Philadelphia Eagles on February 8, 1976, he became at age 39 the youngest head coach in the National Football League. He also inherited a football team that had not posted a winning season in nine years. Just three seasons later, Vermeil led the Eagles to their first playoff appearance in 18 years. He drove his players harder than any...
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Editor’s Letter

Throughout 2015 PHMC has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of The State Museum and Archives Complex in Harrisburg with initiatives to preserve the original Midcentury Modern features of the buildings, both outside and inside, from architectural elements to original furnishings (see Hands-On History). A concurrent effort to update and revitalize the museum’s galleries also has been underway,...
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Sixty Seasons – and Counting! A History of the Philadelphia Eagles, 1933-1993

It began rather humbly about a century ago in small western Pennsylva­nia towns, when former college players-longing for a taste of past glories – joined in community pick-up games. Yet professional football eventually exploded into a multi-million dollar sport that brought to its stadiums and playing fields throngs of frenzied and worshipful fans. Both the Keystone State and adjacent Ohio...
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